Xavier University Will Welcome Bachus, Fogelson And Posey In 2008 Athletic Hall of Fame Class
Aug. 4, 2008
The 2008 Xavier University Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremonies will take place this year on Friday, September 12 at the Duff Banquet Center at Cintas Center. The reception begins at 7 p.m. The dinner and inductee ceremony begin at 8 p.m. Interested parties can call the Xavier Office of Special Events at 745-3571 for reservation information.
Sara Bachus, who lettered four years in volleyball, was a dominating outside hitter who led the Musketeers in almost every offensive category over her four-year career. Despite a hearing impairment, she excelled both in the classroom and on the court.
Bachus helped the team to an impressive 90-32 (.738) overall record and a 55-16 (.775) mark in the Atlantic 10 from 1998-2001. With those marks, she also helped her class claim the best overall and Atlantic 10 winning percentage by a class in program history. During her four seasons, XU made four-straight appearances in the A-10 Championship and earned the school's first ever A-10 regular season title in 1998 and the first ever A-10 championship title in 2001, which gave Xavier its first trip to the NCAA Tournament.
A former local prep star at Cincinnati's Seton High School, Bachus was named the Atlantic 10 Player of the Year in back to back seasons (2000 and 2001) and earned First Team All-Conference Honors in 1999. She was selected as the 2001 Atlantic 10 Championship Most Outstanding Player and was named to the 2000 A-10 Championship All-Tournament Team. In addition, she earned a spot on the AVCA All-Region Team as a junior and a senior.
She ended her career atop many categories in the Xavier volleyball record book, including a school-record .338 hitting percentage over her four seasons and finishing second in school history with 1,598 career kills. The outside hitter is tied for the top mark for hitting percentage in a season at .386 in 2001 and holds the fourth-best single season mark at .368 mark in 2000. She became the seventh member of Xavier's 1,000-1,000 club for kills and digs in a career and finished with 1,598 kills (second all-time in XU history) and 1,242 digs (sixth all-time in XU history).
Jeff Fogelson oversaw plenty of change in Xavier University's Athletic Department from 1983 to 1998. Fogelson was hired in 1983 as XU's first-ever Associate Athletic Director to take some of the workload off of then head coach and athletic director Bob Staak, but he spent only a few months with that title. Xavier's President Charles Currie, S.J., promoted Fogelson in January of 1984 to take over as Xavier's Athletic Director. Fogelson's successful 15-year tenure as AD ran from 1984 until his departure to Seton Hall University in 1998.
Fogelson led the move of Xavier men's basketball to Cincinnati Gardens in his first year at Xavier, 1983-84. XU hosted and beat Nebraska and Ohio State that year to culminate a successful first year in what would be a very successful 17-year run at the Gardens. He made many other big decisions during his tenure, including the hiring of Pete Gillen in 1986 and his successor, the late Skip Prosser, in 1994. There were 10 men's basketball postseason appearances during Fogelson's 13 years as Athletic Director. There was plenty of success and plenty of change. One of the more dramatic changes was the 1994 announcement that Xavier was joining the Atlantic 10 Conference after 16 years in the MCC. XU began competition in the A-10 in the 1995-96 school year.
One of the most positive effects of the A-10 move is the considerable increase in television exposure Xavier gained. The Musketeers appeared on television a then-school record 16 times in 1995-96. Those appearances included an ABC live broadcast from Cincinnati Gardens in which Xavier took Massachusetts, the top-ranked team in the nation, into overtime.
Fogelson was very proud of the great job Xavier did of graduating its student-athletes. The Official 1995 NCAA Graduation-Rates Report ranked XU's student-athlete graduation rate of 83 percent first in the State of Ohio among the 13 Division I schools for the second year in a row. While maintaining the impressive graduation rates, Xavier built a nationally-competitive basketball program as the flagship for its broad-based athletic program.
Fogelson also served as Tournament Manager for the 1997 NCAA Women's Final Four, a nationally-televised event held at Riverfront Coliseum (now U.S. Bank Arena) and hosted by Xavier.
The Newton, New Jersey native came to XU after spending nine years at Georgetown University.
A graduate of Lafayette College, Fogelson received his bachelor's degree in English in 1969. He received his master's degree in education from Michigan State in 1971. He spent the next two years as the Assistant Dean of Students at Penn State University, Hazelton Campus, before moving on to Georgetown. Fogelson has retired as athletic director at Seton Hall University and returned to work and teach in the Cincinnati area.
James Posey made a tremendous impact on the Xavier University basketball program during his three seasons as a Musketeer and solidified himself as one of the most versatile and talented players in XU history. Additionally, in the summer prior to his senior year he earned a gold medal with Team USA at the 1998 Goodwill Games. He has since gone on to play nine seasons in the NBA, winning an NBA Champioship with the Miami Heat in 2006 and winning another NBA Championship this past June with the Boston Celtics.
In his three seasons at Xavier, Posey helped XU compile a composite record of 70-25, two NCAA Tournament berths, an NIT Third Place finish, two Atlantic 10 Conference West Division Championships and one Atlantic 10 Tournament Championship. Posey still stands 17th on Xavier's all-time scoring list with 1,455 points. Only three other three-year players are ahead of Posey on the XU scoring list and all three are already in the Xavier Hall of Fame: Steve Thomas, Stan Kimbrough and Bob Quick. Posey, who stands 10th on Xavier's all-time rebounding list with 801 career rebounds, led Xavier in rebounding in each of his three seasons at Xavier.
While he was well-known for his offensive and rebounding skills, Posey also made his mark as one of the best defensive players ever to play for the Musketeers. Posey ranks third on XU's all-time steals list with 214 career steals. Posey earned 1998-99 Atlantic 10 Conference Defensive Player of the Year honors. "Oh baby, he's a human eraser," is the way Dick Vitale described him.
Posey began his career as a sophomore as arguably the best "sixth man" in Xavier history, including making a key basket at the end of Xavier's 1996 upset win at No. 1 Cincinnati. The Atlantic 10 Conference named Posey as its "Sixth Man of the Year" his sophomore and his junior years.
As a sophomore, Posey averaged 13.3 ppg. and 7.8 rpg. as he helped XU finish 23-6 in his first season (1996-97), helping XU capture the Atlantic 10 Conference West Division Championship with a 13-3 record and advance to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
Posey averaged 15.3 ppg. and 8.4 rpg. as a junior, earning 1998 Second Team All-Atlantic 10 Conference honors. He won the 1998 Atlantic 10 Tournament "Most Outstanding Player"Award as he led XU to a 22-8 record, a West Division Co-Championship at 11-5 and XU's first-ever
Posey earned a long list of honors as a senior, including All-American honors (collegeinsider.com), First Team All-District (NABC) and First Team All-Atlantic 10 Conference in addition to the A-10 Defensive Player of the Year Award. Although he was disappointed not to make the NCAA Tournament, Posey helped XU reach the NIT Semifinals and finish third overall. The team won 25 games and finished 25-11 overall.
Posey was drafted in the first round of the 1999 NBA Draft with the 18th overall selection, which was made by Denver.